On Monday Sept. 29, Mark Brickey brought the Adventures in Design podcast back to Morgantown. You may remember that back in 2012, we hosted an AID Podcast over SKYPE. This time Mark was actually in the building, with Pittsburgh poster legend Mike Budai. It was a short visit for Mark, but it was action packed. It was so great to see this all happen in person, and Mark and Mike had a wonderful conversation. Thank you to both artists for taking the time to be a part of the WVU Printmaking Program.
Also on Friday, Sept 26, WVU Printmaking students participated in the annual Morgantown Arts Walk. Artists from all over the region are encouraged to show their work in local shops downtown. The stores stay open late, and a great vibe is created. WVU students sell their work to help raise money to travel to the annual SGC International Conference.
On Friday, Sept. 26, WVU Printmaking students and I got the chance to tour the Carnegie Mellon University Printshop. Former WVU Graduate Student Matt Forrest, who now works for CMU, was gracious enough to give us the tour. Thanks to Matt and to Jen Rockage for setting the tour up.
The exhibition will open Friday, August 29 and continue through Wednesday, October 1. A gallery talk and opening reception will be held on Friday, August 29 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Grunwald Gallery.
From the official website:
“Midwest Matrix: Continuum explores the “Midwest tradition” of printmaking, featuring over 20 artists highlighting this history and calling attention to the next generation of artists. Susan Goldman, Director of Lily Press in Rockville, MD and former professor of printmaking and master printer for Navigation Press at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, created the documentary Midwest Matrix…Midwest Matrix articulates a history and the legacy of fine art printmaking in the American Midwest and poses the question: What is the “Midwest tradition” of printmaking”
From Sept. 09-Sept. 11 I was at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky to be a visiting artist. While there, I worked with students to create an edition of prints of my latest image, hosted a mini-comics workshop, presented my work to local high school students, gave a public lecture, and had crits with Murray State printmakers. To say the least, it was an action packed visit. Printmaking Professor Nicole Hand graciously hosted my stay in Kentucky with husband and Graphic Design Professor Jim Bryant. I can’t thank them and everyone at Murray State enough for a wonderful time! Nicole has such a great program, and I am always impressed with the quality of work that her students produce.
Visiting artist poster…always fun to see how students present my work for their poster…
It’s the start of a new school year, which means it’s time to get the new interns ready for their time at AIR. Last Friday, we headed up to Pittsburgh for the official start of the semester. The WVU Printmaking Program has been providing internships at Artists Image Resource since 2004. Our students are given the run of the place, at least once a week, for the Fall semester.
While at AIR, students split their time between using their facilities to make work and helping AIR’s master printers print production runs. Students get the chance to meet and work with professional artists from all over the country. I am really proud of this program, and appreciate the support from AIR’s Director Robert Beckman and the WVU School of Art & Design. Thank you all, and let’s have a great semester!
Below is a new print I made for the “NICHE” print portfolio organized by Erin Almazan and Danielle Rante. It will be shown at the 2014 MAPC Conference in Detroit. The basis of the portfolio was to react to an image given to us by the organizers (the spraypaint). I tried to create a formal and conceptual relationship between the spraypaint image and the comic image. This was a lot of fun to work on, and could possibly change some of my ideas going forward. Thank you Erin and Danielle.
20″ x 16″
PRINTWORK 2014, national juried exhibition at Artists Image Resource is on!
See the prospectus at http://www.artistsimageresource.org/printwork-2014/
We are really proud to announce Bill Fick, printmaker extraordinaire, as the juror.
On June 13th, my solo exhibition titled “Comic Configurations” opened at the Indianapolis Art Center. It was part of a larger group of solo exhibitions titled “Storytellers”, featuring artists Eric Troffkin, Sam Blanchard, Lukas Schooler, Charles Mintz, Amelia Morris and myself. The series of shows ran from June 13th to Aug. 03 and was partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The show was reviewed for NUVO, an independent newspaper: